Vancouver (album)

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Studio album by Matthew Good
Released October 6, 2009
Recorded January 4–29, 2009, Warehouse Studios, Vancouver, BC
Genre Rock
Length 57:12
Label Universal Music Canada
Producer Matthew Good
Matthew Good chronology
Live at Massey Hall
(2008)Live at Massey Hall2008
Lights of Endangered Species
(2011)Lights of Endangered Species2011
Singles from Vancouver
  1. "Last Parade"
    Released: August 14, 2009
  2. "Us Remains Impossible"
    Released: 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Brock Press (favorable) [2]
CHARTattack 4/5 stars [3]
Toro 3.5/5 stars [4]

Vancouver is the fourth studio album by Matthew Good, released on October 6, 2009.[5]

The album is a concept album, critically reflecting on Good's hometown city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In particular, the album is influenced by the social issues surrounding the city's poverty-stricken Downtown Eastside.[6]

As Good had fulfilled his recording contract with Universal Music Canada with his previous 2007 release, Hospital Music, he re-signed with the record label in early 2009 upon beginning studio recording. Contributing artists on Vancouver include Peter Yorn, who sings backup vocals on the ninth track "The Vancouver National Anthem".[6][7]

Vancouver won the award for "Rock Album of the Year" at the 2011 Juno Awards,[8] making it the second time Good's won the award, the first being in 2000 for Beautiful Midnight.

Promotion and commercial performance[edit]

The release of Vancouver was announced by Good on his website in July 2008.[9] Months prior to the announcement, the album's eventual second track "The Boy That Could Explode" was previewed for fans on Good's website on Christmas Day in 2007.[10] Good began streaming the album's first single "Last Parade" on August 14, 2009. Good began streaming Vancouver on his website on September 5, 2009, a little over a month before its release.[11]

Vancouver debuted at #2 on the Canadian Albums Chart,[12] selling 11,000 copies in its first week.[13]

The album was certified Gold in Canada on November 18, 2011.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matthew Good.

No. Title Length
1. "Last Parade" 5:55
2. "The Boy Who Could Explode" 7:07
3. "Great Whales of the Sea" 3:31
4. "Us Remains Impossible" 4:45
5. "On Nights Like Tonight" 4:22
6. "Volcanoes" 5:03
7. "A Silent Army in the Trees" 5:37
8. "Fought to Fight It" 4:23
9. "The Vancouver National Anthem" 6:51
10. "Empty’s Theme Park" 9:29


  1. ^ Vancouver at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Album Review - Advertising - The Brock Press - Brock University". Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  3. ^ Harper, Kate (2009-10-09). "Matthew Good — Vancouver". CHARTattack. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Matt Good's Vancouver | | TORO MAGAZINE | What Men Need to Know about Sex, Style, Music, Sports, Drinks & Video". Toro Magazine. 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Matthew Good: The Vancouver Album Explained". ChartAttack. 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "2011 JUNO AWARD WINNERS – Non Broadcast". Retrieved 2011-03-27. 
  9. ^ Good, Matthew. "Music - I Do That Too". July 19, 2008.
  10. ^ [3][dead link]
  11. ^ "Matthew Good Wants To Be Like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails". ChartAttack. 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  12. ^ "Canadian Albums - Week of October 24, 2009". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  13. ^ Williams, John. "Buble blasts to No. 1 on charts". Jam!. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  14. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: Matthew Good - Vancouver". Music Canada. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 

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